For once, the Kardashians have kept it simple, unveiling their annual holiday card featuring the family’s youngest members.
Gone are the lavish sets, ornate costumes, heavy makeup and frankly nonholiday productions that the reality TV family has trotted out for Christmases past. This year’s image features only momager Kris Jenner’s grandchildren: Kim Kardashian’s daughter North, 2, and Kourtney Kardashian’s three kids, Mason, 6, Penelope, 3, and Reign, 1.
Absent from this year’s photo is the clan’s latest addition, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s son Saint, whom they welcomed this month.
The wee foursome, each one dressed in black (we’re still talking Kardashians after all), is seated together against a plain white studio backdrop. Kim and Kourtney unveiled the card Wednesday on Twitter with the caption, “All you need is love. Merry Christmas!,” and other family members readily retweeted it, including Jenner, who added the hashtags #PureJoy and #ourangels.
They did not say who snapped the portrait, but in years past the fam has tapped high-end fashion photographers, including David LaChappelle’s for 2013’s surreal interpretation and Nick Saglimbeni’s dramatic group shots of 2010, 2011 and 2012. Click here for more.
Allow us to shed some light on the very “Brady Bunch” Kardashian family tree: The Kardashians — Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Rob Kardashian — are children to former O.J. Simpson lawyer Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner (nee Houghton). She divorced Kardashian and married Caitlyn Jenner, known at the time as Olympian Bruce Jenner. Jenner had sons Brandon Jenner and Brody Jenner from a previous marriage to Linda Thompson. (She also has another son and daughter from her first marriage to Chrystie Crownover.) The Jenners later had two daughters, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, who are also featured on the family’s reality TV series. And then there are the love interests and babies. Click though for a better idea of who’s who and why they’re famous.(E!)
Probably the most famous Kardashian, Kim Kardashian is the second eldest of the Kardashian siblings, half siblings and step-siblings. In birth order, they go Kourtney (1979), Kim (1980), Khloe (1984), Brody Jenner (1983), Rob (1987), Kendall Jenner (1995) and Kylie Jenner (1997). Kim Kardashian made a name for herself as a friend and stylist to Paris Hilton, but she shot to fame after a sex tape of her and R&B singer Ray J was leaked. She has somehow parlayed that infamous tape into an unrelated reality-TV empire with her family, rebuilding her reputation as that of a fashionista and businesswoman. However, the burnished rep was somewhat tarnished again after news got out that she was divorcing NBA player Kris Humphries after a short-lived 72-day marriage. Their wedding included quite a bit of fanfare, and the divorce proceedings lasted much longer than her wedded bliss. As the saga played out, she and her new boyfriend, rapper Kanye West, announced they were expecting a baby together. They welcomed their baby girl on June 15, 2013.(Timothy White / E!)
Along with sisters Kim and Khloe, she fronts and works on their clothing store Dash, their Kardashian Kollection clothing line for Sears and their Khroma cosmetics line. (Anders Overgaard / E!)
Khloe Kardashian is the tallest and most outgoing of the sisters. She married NBA star Lamar Odom after a monthlong courtship in 2009. She has served as a host of “The X Factor” and chronicled her infertility issues on her “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” spinoff series, “Khloe & Lamar.” In 2013, the couple’s rocky relationship made headlines after news surfaced questioning Odom’s fidelity and reports alleged that he had been struggling with a drug problem. Kardashian filed for divorce Dec. 13.(Anders Overgaard / E!)
Rob Kardashian attended USC and moved in with sister Khloe and her husband, Lamar Odom. He has appeared on “Dancing With the Stars” and started up his own line of socks. After the public crumbling of the Kardashian-Odom marriage, Rob Kardashian retreated from public life and made fewer appearances on the family’s reality series.(Anders Overgaard / E!)
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Kendall Jenner is the quiet, once-shy daughter of Caitlyn Jenner and Kardashian “momager” Kris Jenner. While appearing on her family’s reality series since age 11, she has pursued a modeling career, signing with prominent agency Wilhelmina in 2010. She’s been trying to carve out a career path independent of her famous half sisters, and worked on a clothing line for PacSun with younger sister Kylie Jenner.(Anders Overgaard / E!)
Kylie Jenner, daughter of Caitlyn and Kris Jenner, is the youngest of the siblings. Like her sisters, she has pursued a modeling career. She has also worked on a fashion line with sister Kendall and has become a social media powerhouse in her own right.(Anders Overgaard / E!)
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Lamar Odom made headlines when he and Khloe Kardashian married in September 2009 after only a month of dating. In December 2013, they announced they were divorcing after allegations of drug use and cheating plagued the couple.(Evan Agostini / Associated Press)
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West is Kim Kardashian’s husband. He appeared on a few episodes of her reality series while she was with NBA player Kris Humphries because they were friends, but later took their friendship into romance territory.The couple welcomed daughter North West in June 2013 and are currently expecting their second child.(Zacharie Scheurer / Associated Press)
Kris Humphries is an NBA player who married Kim Kardashian in 2011 after about six months of dating. The couple became infamous after they televised their elaborate nuptials, then ended their marriage after 72 days. Kardashian filed for divorce, but Humphries sought an annulment, and the two have battled in court for far longer than they were married.(Evan Agostini / Associated Press)
Brody Jenner is one of Caitlyn Jenner’s four children from her second marriage. Brody has starred in MTV’s “The Hills,” in which he courted Lauren Conrad and later Kristin Cavallari, and his own short-lived series, “The Princes of Malibu.” He has also minimally appeared in early seasons of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” notably being called on by stepbro Rob Kardashian to babysit their half sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner.(Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)
Brandon Jenner, eldest son of Caitlyn Jenner and actress Linda Thompson, wed Leah Felder in May 2012. The couple comprises indie pop duo Brandon & Leah.(Imeh Akpanudosen / Getty Images for LUTB)
“This year, especially the last couple months, was so hectic that it was hard to arrange a full family shoot. Showing the kids alone seemed like the perfect thing to do,” a source told E! News, whose cable network airs the family’s reality series.
In the past, they’ve used separate shoots and Photoshop to get the whole gang together in the picture.
The family, which also includes newly transitioned Caitlyn Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Rob Kardashian, model Kendall Jenner and social-media maven Kylie Jenner, did not release a holiday card last year.
Previous iterations of the card have included Kim’s ex-husband Kris Humphries; Khloe’s husband, Lamar Odom, who has been hospitalized since October; and Kourtney’s on-off boyfriend Scott Disick, the father of her three kids.